The sports facilities are waiting for new announcements from the Prime minister on Thursday, with a certain impatience. In the popular districts of Marseille, it is also hoped the guidelines more flexible. In the neighborhood of the Apple in Marseille, despite the ban, young people play soccer or basketball, often in small groups, on the 27th of may 2020. (FANNY LECHEVESTRIER / RADIO FRANCE)
While the football tournaments wild multiply almost everywhere in the cities in france, including Marseille, the neighborhood associations are waiting for government instructions to resume their field work with, already, a strong demand for this summer. The sport is often their gateway to resume the dialogue with the young people.
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In Marseille, it’s been a few weeks that football tournaments are held, especially in the evening, at the foot of the buildings, often the only illumination of the moon, describing the inhabitants. The day, under the flag, these are smaller groups that play as soon as a piece of terrain presents. Impossible to resist : “It is required otherwise, you get bored. And then we find a bunch of friends. The competition we failed also”, we explain. And when we remarked the gestures barriers to respect, the answer fuse : “One is careful, one has confidence in us, it remains between us”, said Jimmy, trying to play basketball on one of the fields in the hard area of the Apple.
Sometimes, as in the citystade Félix Pyat, the parents are there to look, almost relieved in the end, despite the prohibition of the practice and the risk, to see occupy : “We can say that it is almost vital”, explains Sendie. “Because they’re bored, they are left to fend for themselves and it is better to see them there than in buildings or halls in the process of…” says Moussa, “because, in general, when they stay too much at home, they end up doing silly things”, complete Sendie.
In Marseille, at the foot of the buildings, the sports facilities are still rare or so hard as here in this basketball court, on the 27th of may 2020. (FANNY LECHEVESTRIER / RADIO FRANCE)
The urgency of being able to resume sports activities framed
Nonsense, it is the fear also of field associations, like the Synergy Family. Naim Zriouel, its deputy director-general, knows perfectly the situation in the Northern districts of the city, the neighbourhoods, the so-called “priority”. It does not endorse but includes : “Finally, it is necessary to see a aspect optimistic. It is necessary to say that an hour of football for a young man, he prepares, he will play, he will discuss, it is a time which contributes to social peace.”
I understand those who are outraged by a report to the safety instructions. And on the other hand, I also understand completely the young people who do have it to spend.Naim Zriouel, association Synergy Family to Marseilleà franceinfo
The school could play a role also in this particular time, but very few young people are returned. This is the problem that was found Mathilde Lasnon, head of professional integration with the association for Sport in the City, in the heart of Cool Valley, a city in the 13th district. “Interviewing the families, calling the parents, three-quarters have not brought their children to school for various reasons, for fear of the coronavirus or other. Suddenly, the sport can be a way to re-create the link with the young people, in the neighborhoods,”she said.
Mathilde is afraid otherwise that the number of dropouts did not go to speed up until the next school year. There is therefore an urgent need to resume athletic activities supervised, said Valerie Martin, regional director of the association, with in-line-of-sight, ” she explains, a been very particular to manage : “We have about 20% of the young people of these neighbourhoods, which leave in their family of origin every summer. I think this year, this will be reduced. And then, there are also social centres which, with the sanitary rules, will also have capacity reduced.”
Yes, there is an urgency for this to be put in place and even more to what we know what we can do.Valerie Martin, association Sport in the Villeà franceinfo
“There, you see, there are more and more young people who are staggered in their schedules, who live by night and sleep by day. A sporting activity will allow them to regain schedule, to spend and, therefore, to be tired in the evening, to recreate links also, and restore their joy”. And Mathilde to tell us how, through the sport and the soccer field, she was able to engage in dialogue with these young people, give them a framework and then work then school assistance, research, training, or employment because, through sport, they gave him confidence.
The associations are preparing their plan for this summer and the “summer quarters”
In consequence, and waiting to have clear guidelines from the government, all associations are expected to strengthen their presence throughout the summer. With its educators, athletes, Sport in the City wants to provide the activities all afternoon for the months of July and August. Afternoons with sport at the heart of neighborhoods, social sports if possible, but the association also reflects on the course of crossfit and dance, the other two days would be devoted to outputs in the region, as in the calanques with its partners.
Synergy Family goes, she, get even more of the centres that they manage to go offer all kinds of activities at the foot of the buildings. Naim Zriouel evokes this project in which yoga classes will be offered to parents while the children will be occupied with educational activities, to enable parents to spend that money and blow it.
In Marseille, a meeting is already scheduled for the beginning of June with local institutions in order to coordinate at best. During this time, the ministries of Sports and the City also work with the sports federations to encourage them to practice outside the walls, in the heart of the neighborhoods as early as this summer. Announcements are expected in the wake.